Deming High Thundercats excel at robotics

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Science and technology grows by the minute, by the hour and daily. And so do the Deming High Thundercats. On October 10, the Thundercats Robotics Team at Deming High School will travel to compete in the BEST (Boosting Engineering and Science Technology) competition at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

A field of 35 teams from schools in New Mexico will challenge in a competition covering robotics, creativity and engenuity. The competition is heated, but fair in a display of goodwill and sportsmanship .

The Thundercats began their season on August 29, and had six weeks to build a robotic that would be specific to the course of competition at BEST tournament at NMSU..

This year’s theme for competition will be “Pay Dirt.” Competing against other teams in a four-team match, they will lan to collect ore and other game pieces. Every match will change the value of the game pieces, making them increase or decrease in points.

Before the actual competition, a Mall Day will be held at Mesilla Valley Mall in order to test the robots in a competition setting and give shoppers a chance to see what high school students are up to in classroom. Mall Day is scheduled at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 3.

The Thundercats invite the community, and Wildcat fans, to support them at this event. They hope to go far in the tournament at NMSU, and go on to a regional platform in Dallas.

The Thundercats was started back in 2002 by Steve Goodgame, a science teacher at DHS.. It is currently under the direction of David Wertz, as well as Teresa Hutts and David Jaramillo.

Team Thundercats attends two robotics competitions each school year – BEST, which is held in the fall, and FIRST (For Inspiration of Science and Technology), which is held in the spring.

In order to succeed in events like these, teamwork comes into play. With an average of 25 members each year, the team must work together to increase its odds of doing well. Building, programming, design, writing, videography, photography, and business/marketing skills are all utilized in the team. With a good robot and good attitudes, the Thundercats hope to “Blow Your Mines,” while collecting precious metals and minerals at the annual BEST competition.

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